Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

The Norway Maple, Acer Platanoides, is native to Europe and some parts of Western Asia. It has also been naturalized in some areas of North America, such as New York, where it’s particularly popular.

It’s a rather common shade tree that greatly resembles the sugar maple. It has a high tolerance to pollution, and is an elegant addition to a landscape, even in urban settings. Younger trees have a smooth bark, which becomes black as they age. The fall color is bright gold, and can sometimes develop a reddish tone.

They Have Shorter Lifespans

This tree can grow up to around 60 feet in height, and can even live up to 250 years. However, Norway Maples in North America commonly live to around 60 years, especially if they are not well maintained.

Be Careful Where and How You Plant It

You should know the Norway Maple is considered an invasive plant species because it has the ability to self-seed and affects (sometimes remove) nearby vegetation. Additionally, the root system tends to develop near the surface, lifting the soil.

But it’s also a highly adaptable tree that can grow both in the sun or partial shade. It prefers well-drained and moist soil but it can thrive even in drier areas, especially if the dry area only lasts for a short time.

Growing a Norway Maple requires a bit of effort at the beginning until the root fully develops. Consider watering it regularly and be sure to plant them in rather open areas where they can grow without disrupting anything.

It's Very Popular in North America

The Norway Maple was introduced to North America back in 1765 by botanist John Bartram. By the 1800s, it became a popular ornamental tree in this area. By the mid 20th century, it was the most planted tree in urban areas.


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